Samsung just launched an online campaign to promote the supposed iPhone killer, the Samsung Instinct. First there is a campaign website including a fun product placement programm. But more innovative is the interactive short movie ‘Follow Your INSTINCT’, which can be watched on YouTube only. The movies are connected through YouTube annotations, which makes it the first commercial use of annotations I’ve seen so far. Pretty cool, simple and interactive.
Youtube tries to make itself useful not only to individual exhibitionists and brands seeking some Web 2.0 attention, but also to charity organizations that can benefit as well from massive exposure. Last week the channel DontYouForgetAboutMe has been launched in the UK, with the goal of bringing the plight of missing children to a wider and younger audience. The channel has been set up by the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), in collaboration with the Find Madeleine Campaign and with the support of Youtube. Interesting to point out, it’s not possible to copy & embedd the code of any of the videos uploaded by the user DontYouForgetAboutMe.
Coca-Cola is online with one of the first YouTube co-marketing efforts. It’s called Holiday Wishcast and it’s a mini-site based on YouTube service which allows visitors to upload and share their video greetings. Among the users who have submitted content, we find the sweet Geriatric1927 who is already a star among YouTube fans. Marketers look with interest Coca-Cola’s initiative to exploit a new advertising space crowded with young users (read Contagious for example), while YouTube purists hope this is not the beginning of a brand invasion on the popular video sharing service. I don’t want to sound pessimistic but, since in the end, someone has to pay the (bandwidth) bills, I’m not sure there’s much we can do to stop the brand invasion…
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